Defend Your Parental Rights And Your Children’s Best Interests
The divorce issue that is almost always the most emotional and contentious is child custody. As a parent, it is hard to accept that your child may not live under your roof every day. It can also be hard to work with your child’s other parent to reach a custody agreement.
When it is time to negotiate a custody and visitation schedule, we at Russell W. Ray, PLLC, can help you protect your relationship with your child. Springfield family law attorney Russell Ray has handled complex child custody cases for decades. He understands just how important it is to honor your children’s best interests while also advocating staunchly for your rights as a parent.
How Does Virginia Award Custody And Visitation?
If parents do not reach a private agreement about a parenting plan, a family law court will issue a decision for them. When possible, the court prefers to award joint physical and legal custody. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to child custody. The judge will consider factors such as:
- The child’s relationship with each parent
- Each parent’s ability to care for the child
- Each parent’s physical location
- The involvement of the child in school, religion and other activities
- The presence of addiction, mental illness or domestic abuse
We understand how to give parents the best chances at custody time with their kids. Mr. Ray is available to discuss your case and answer your questions whenever you are ready. We also help parents through the process of relocating with their children after separation or divorce.
Putting Your Child First, But Always Standing Up For You
At all points of a custody dispute, Mr. Ray’s objective is to do what is best for your children. Increasing conflict deliberately or refusing on principle to negotiate will not serve your child or aid your custodial rights. He prioritizes mediation or private negotiation as amicable options for dispute resolution. He is also a trial-tested litigator who has won favorable outcomes in courts throughout the commonwealth.
Talk To A Caring Child Custody Lawyer In A Free Consult
We know this is a difficult time for you. Allow Russell W. Ray, PLLC, to handle the legal work so you can focus on maintaining a strong bond with your child. Call the Springfield firm at 703-935-4634 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. We work throughout Fairfax County, Prince William County and Northern Virginia.